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Bulletin for May 29 2019
Prayer, Pledge and Visitors
The meeting began with the ringing of the bell by President Fred Timmons. Bruce Richter led us in a word of prayer and the pledge. 
Bruce Richter also introduced our speaker and guests today: our speaker, Britt Etheridge, has played an active part in the District Youth Exchange Committee since 2012. Britt is a member of the New Braunfels Rotary Club and professionally is a mortgage lender for Caliber Home Loans. Britt's daughter Brittney also joined us - she is a junior at New Braunfels High School.
Dan Stanley, an electrical contractor, was Bruce Richter's guest today. Our frequent visitor and friend Dave Jower was also on hand - Dave is a member of the Northwest Rotary Club.
President Fred announced these upcoming club events:
  • next Coffee Friday is June 14 
  • next Happy Hour is June 20
Umbrella Time
There was no Umbrella Time today because James Daniel was absent. James' winning bid for the umbrella goes towards his Paul Harris Fellowship.  He will have the opportunity to speak during the meetings that he owns the umbrella and will be fine free!  
Volunteer Opportunity!
Ken Donoughue, Marlene Mattox and Gloria Richter are enjoying reading to the children at Locke Hill Elementary's Learning Tree!  To find out more about this program and to register follow this link HERE!
Humor from President Fred
National What Day 
  • National Paperclip Day – invented in 1867
  • National COQ AU VIN Day – translates to “Rooster with wine”- A French recipe of chicken and wine.
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day – approximately 100,000 senior adults will participate in activities today.


This Day in History

  • 1953 – Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest which at 29,035 feet is the highest point on earth.

  • 1848 – Wisconsin becomes a State

  • 1917 - Future Pres. John F. Kennedy is born

  • 1940 – The song White Christmas is written – and the version sung by Bing Crosby is the world’s best selling single with sales in excess of 50 million. It was used initially in the movie Holiday Inn and won an Academy Award for best Original Song in 1942. Then he sang it again in his 1954 musical “White Christmas”.



Fines and Confessions
Allyson Hamlin was sorry she missed the meeting last week - she traveled to Raleigh North Carolina for business. Next week she will be traveling to Arkansas.
Destiny Mujica confessed that she wasn't here last week because she woke up to a flat tire. 
Ken Donoughue confessed that somehow he lost his badge.
Barry Abrams was all aglow when he said that he and his wife Jerri traveled to California. They welcomed the newest member of their family - granddaughter Sydney!
VetStrong Update:
Bruce Richter shared that the Board approved a $500 contribution to the VetStrong program. Ramon Gonzales extended his gratitude for our donation. This organization is mostly volunteer run. They are looking for useable household goods for vets who are in need. Please send photos of the items to be donated to Bruce Richter. VetStrong is in need of temporary warehousing of a large amount of donated items from USAA. Club members are offering suggestions for warehousing and hopefully help will come soon!
Club Lunch and Business Program
Britt Etheridge spoke to us today about the Rotary Exchange Student Program.  He and his family have been actively involved and they hosted their first 5 Rotary Exchange Students starting in 2008. Because of his interest and passion regarding Youth Exchange, Britt was asked to join the District Youth Exchange Committee in 2012, Since 2012 he served the committee as Treasurer, Club Trainer and now as the Co-Chair of the Committee with Lilia Marek. Six clubs in our district participate in Rotary Youth Exchange from a high of 20 at one time. Britt says "this is one of the most important parts of Rotary." Rotary International requires 2 host families in order to expand their culture experience. Since the Rotary program feels that it is important that the students have a continuum with their studies,  the students must be able to attend the same school during their time here. Britt said that it's hard to find 3 host families in one school district. The vetting process includes criminal background checks. The students are provided free room and board and a free education and a stipend. Students may qualify for scholarships. Students must be 15 to 18 1/2 when they arrive and should have a year left in school. The students don't drive due to liability. The host family is not required to know the student's native language. The goal is for the student to learn about and enjoy Texas culture. We were told that Whataburger and Chick Fil A is popular among the exchange students. Britt's daughter Brittney was a Rotary Exchange Student in Spain for a month. When she returned home she brought her host sibling back with her to live for a month. Brittney said she found it interesting that in Spain everyone enjoys a two hour siesta - all business shuts down. Dinner is typically very late, usually at 10:30 pm. She is looking forward to another time abroad with the Rotary Exchange Program. For more information please visit Rotary Youth Exchange HERE! Thanks Britt and Brittney for speaking to us today about this very important Rotary program!  We would love for you to visit us again soon!
    Show Low Raffle
    For our wine selections today, John Legris described the Gruner Veltliner as a "dry white wine with the flavors of green pepper and lime." The red choice was Trapiche Vinters Select Malbec, "tasty, similar to merlot." John shared with us that he once was an exchange student in Vienna Austria, a section of the Alps now in Italy. President Fred won the opportunity to draw the 2 of clubs and win the prize of $525. As luck would have it he drew the 5 of clubs. He donated his red wine choice to the speaker. Bil Trodlier owned the second ticket drawn and was happy to receive the white wine. 
    Thank you Derek Matthys for donating the wine for May! 
    Happier Hour
    It just doesn't get much happier than this!!!!  Makeup is optional....Come join us at the Outback Steakhouse - typically the third Thursday of the month. Meeting time seems to be when everyone gets there - between 5:30 & 6:30?  Come join your friends and unwind on June 20!
    Bean and Leaf Friday
    PERK up your day and join us for a brew (coffee or tea) and treat! Typically the second Friday of the month. 
    Giggles and guffaws come from our table along with solutions to the world's problems! You can hear it here first!!!!!
    Location: Einstein Bagels on DeZavala
    Next Time: June 14
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Notice to All Members
    Our club objective is to have an official list of members for the July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 Rotary year to be completed by Wednesday June 12, 2019
    • The membership due amount for the coming year is $175 per member
    • Members are asked to complete one of the following two payment options with Treasurer Stuart Dudley on or before Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      • Pay the $175 amount to Stuart on or before 6-12-19
      • Discuss and communicate a request to pay the $175 in 2 monthly installments of $100 payment paid by 6-12-19 and $75 paid by 7-10-19
    • Members who make no payments by 6-12-19 will be deleted from our club's membership for the coming year on June 15, 2019 and can be rejoined after July 1 with full due payment
    Rotary Leadership Institute
    Ken Ruiz and Mary Denton completed Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 recently.  They wanted to share some photos with you!  Our own Ken Donoughue continues to do a great job teaching Rotarians to help them strengthen their clubs!  Thanks Ken for your continued leadership and service to Rotary!
    Pictured on the left were the leaders for this session. Pictured on the right were the students for Part 2. They were all smiles when they received their certificates!
    If you have not yet attended RLI you might consider going - you will meet other dedicated Rotarians who are leaders in their clubs. You will learn a TON of useful information that you will want to bring back to our club to grow our club and make it even stronger!
    District 5840 News
    Register today for the 2019-2020 District 5840 District Governor and Officers Installation.  This event will celebrate our outgoing District Governor, Kathy Hubbard, and install our incoming District Governor, John Hutcherson, the District Governor Elect, Xavier Toson, and the District Governor Nominee, Kristy Vandenberg.  
    Happy Hour from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. with the Induction of Officers at 6:00 p.m. 
    A dinner buffet will open at 6:15 p.m.
    At the Random Beer Garden, 11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd, Boerne, TX
    RSVP June 25
    New Club Forming: The Passport Club! "A new, exciting and innovative approach to joining Rotary." Membership is open to any currently inactive Rotarian in District 5840. The particulars about this new club is on the District 5840 website - click HERE!
    Four Way Test
    President Fred closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
    President Fred reminds us to:
    "Bring someone to Rotary Bring a friend to rotary. we all need to eat lunch, why not enjoy it with Rotarians and learn something interesting during one of our programs."
    Graphic courtesy of Allyson Hamlin